Internships

Human Right to Housing Team Intern

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

The Human Right to Housing intern will work on a team of lawyers and paralegals pursuing systemic reform to housing laws and policies, including access to affordable and low-income housing, tenants’ rights to safe and affordable housing, and equal treatment under the law for tenants. The PJC partners with ally organizations in pursuit of systemic reform. The Housing intern will work within a coalition of those allies called Baltimore Renters United (BRU). The intern will create online content, produce research, and other written work product for use in the BRU coalition’s Housing Court Watch project and will develop and execute communications strategies to increase readership of the Housing Court Watch blog and to drive engagement with blog and social media audiences.

The Human Right to Housing Intern will:

  • Observe the Baltimore City District Court dockets for rent escrow and summary ejectment for non-payment of rent. Interns will observe, document, factcheck, and report on cases observed during the dockets.
  • Engage with tenants to discuss and document their experiences in District Court, the conditions in their rental properties, and the effectiveness of the District Court to provide the tenants appropriate relief.
  • Author content for use on the Housing Watch website and related social media.
  • When appropriate, participate in public outreach to tenants at court and communicate with coalition members.
  • Deliver a strategic online communications strategy for the Housing Court Watch project.
  • Track local and national coverage of issues and legislation pertaining to rent court and the human right to housing; news coverage will be shared on the “Housing Court Watch” blog and/or respective social media platforms.


Desired skills for the intern position include expository writing, creative writing, proficiency in Wordpress, and familiarity with social media analytics.

ASSIGNMENT, SUPERVISION, AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • The Housing intern will be supervised by the lead attorney for the Housing Court Watch project or by other designated supervisors.  
  • The intern will work primarily on the Housing Court Watch project and may be assigned to other duties as needed.
  • The intern may attend trainings and events relevant to the project, as permitted by the project lead.
  • The intern will end the internship with published work product.

Application Procedure
Applicants should submit an email to Charisse Lue at luec@publicjustice.org, including their resume and a short description of what they would like to learn and why they are interested in PJC. Applications are due by September 16, 2019.

 

Internships at other times of year

The PJC welcomes interns throughout the year whose interests, abilities, and availability match with a current need of the staff. To be considered, please send a resume and letter explaining your interest, abilities, and availability to David Rodwin (rodwind@publicjustice.org) and Matt Hill (hillm@publicjustice.org).